For those who may not know me my name is Chad Durham and I am proud to serve as the 2021 Board President for the Home Builders Association of Greater Austin.
As the Austin division president for David Weekley Homes, I’ve had the pleasure of being a part of the company and a member of the HBA for nearly 17 years. The HBA is truly a collective and committed organization that is plugged into the community, existing to be the voice of housing in our seven-county region. Thanks to our 700+ members and the support of our board of directors and staff, the HBA is a powerful advocate for pro-housing initiatives and instrumental in keeping homeownership affordable.
One of the biggest and most important advocacy successes in 2020 was to keep Austin building. We lobbied hard alongside cohorts at the state and national levels to ultimately deem homebuilding an essential business while many other industries were shut down. As we continue to navigate the world of COVID-19, we will focus on nurturing the important relationships we have developed with officials at the city, county and state levels to ensure our members are well-represented.
We have all heard — and experienced — the shortage of skilled labor and its impact on homebuilding. To this end, I am excited to continue to build our workforce development program, spotlighting the younger generation and the wealth of opportunities available to them in our industry. Specifically this year, we will strive to build even stronger relationships with high schools, trade schools and corporate programs to create a central hub for employers and employees to connect seamlessly. Additionally, we plan to develop a leadership council available for those seeking professional growth inside our industry.
What about the HBA’s signature events and programs? As usual, we have many exciting things on deck and will be offering attendance in safe and thoughtful ways. We will continue to offer virtual attendance options, but hope to be able to hold more in-person events as the year goes on. We know that nothing beats face-to-face interactions. First up is our popular Annual Housing Forecast on Feb. 3. This is the single largest comprehensive economic and market forecasting event in the region for residential construction and development. You are missing out if you have yet to attend this conference! Check out our online calendar at HBAaustin.com for a complete list of our upcoming conferences, sporting events, education classes and other networking events. The strength of our HBA comes from members working with members. That said, we are also thrilled to launch a new and innovative way for our members to connect and communicate with one another this Spring.
Below, I am honored to recognize our recently installed 2021 Board and thank them in advance for the work they will do this year. This is going to be a great year for the HBA and I invite you all to be a part of it!